Seismic testing in Gunditjmara Ocean

Sunday, 14 January 2024 - 11:00am to 11:30am
A picture of the people who took part in the ceremony on Gunditjmara Land

This episode was inspired by a recent a Nyamat Yarkeen Karween - Southern Ocean Dreaming Gunditjmara Ceremony that host Phil Evans attended recently in Narrawong, VIC. Audio from the ceremony is heard throughout.

First they blast. Then they drill. American oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips has announced plans to explore for gas in commonwealth waters as close as 8km from the coast of Warrnambool. Before any exploration begins, the area is scheduled for a series of seismic blasting surveys, to be undertaken by another company CGG. We look at some of the effects this will have on environment and culture.

We hear from Gunditjmara, Yuin and Bidjara woman, Yarran Couzens Bundle and Warrnambool marine scientist, Zoe Brittain.

Sign the Citizens Protection Declaration to stand in solidarity with First Nations communities asserting their care for Sea Country.

Songs from Gunditjmara Bundiya are featured in the show.

Earth Matters #1434 was produced by Phil Evans with thanks to Friends of the Earth.

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Sunday 11:00am to 11:30am
Local and global environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.


Bec Horridge, Jacob Gamble, Judith Peppard, Phil Evans